Sub-titled ’20 Years of hits and memories, 20 years of Mango magic’, the April and May trek is a celebration of the inimitable legacy of this special South African act, as well as a showcasing of Mango Groove’s critically-acclaimed brand new album, ‘Bang The Drum’.
“We loved the idea of a ”Big World Party’, because this year more than any, South Africa will be at the heart of the world,” says Mduduzi Magwaza, Mango Groove’s legendary penny whistler.
In keeping with what they have always delivered to fans, the 2010 Mango Groove Big World Party Tour will see the 11-piece band performing all the hits and new songs in a show that features high production values.
In founder member John Leyden’s words, “the notion of a ‘Big World Party’ is a nice, big, open-skies one, we will be expanding the tour as the year progresses, and the itinerary will also take in shows outside of our borders.”
The past six months have proved a busy time for Mango Groove. September 2009 saw the release of ‘Bang The Drum’, the first, all-new Mango Groove album in 14 years and a record that is being enthusiastically received by the band’s fans around the world. As Mango Groove founding member John Leyden puts it, ”we have been absolutely blown away by the response to the album from both the media and the public. The airplay and TV support has been amazing, and the album is already flying off the shelves. The new video, (‘This is Not a Party’) has just been shot, and the band is currently busy with a host of promotional appearances around the new release.”
Mango Groove’s live show has always been a key part of its success, with the band still holding several SA acts live attendance records including:
• Over 20 000 people at Greenpoint Stadium, Cape Town
• 7 Consecutive sold-out shows at the Standard Bank arena (at over 6 000 people per show)
• 6 sold-out shows at the Sun City Superbowl